Simon Jones of the Daily Mail wrote that Arsenal are in negotiations to recruit the Uruguay international-who's at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia-but may only be able to afford his exit clause in installments.
According to Football Italia, Gli Azzurri had agreed to pay the €25 million release clause for the Uruguayan worldwide and were in advanced stages of contract negotiations, when Arsenal made a competing bid.
The same article states that Sampdoria aren't willing to sell the 22-year-old for less than his contract release clause.
"Anyone who wants him will have to pay that".
Arsenal have until now confirmed the Bosman signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus whilst a £16m deal for Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund is close to completion.
The north London side haven't qualified for the Champions League in the past two seasons to culminate in Arsene Wenger's resignation.
Unai Emery is keen to bring Sampdoria ace Lucas Torreira to Arsenal this summer, and respected Italian football expert Gianluca Di Marzio provided a fresh update on the transfer saga today.